MOU signed between Prayas and Northeast Frontier Railway Women Welfare Central Organization, (NFR WWCO) on 3rd April 2019 at Guwahati (Assam). Proud moment for Prayas. This MOU was long awaited after the opening of the Railway Children Shelter at Guwahati Railway Station.
The Railway Board has acknowledged the seriousness of large number of abandoned, runaway, trafficked, vulnerable and distressed children separated from their families. Mr. Ashwani Lohani, the then Chairman Railway Board took deep interest and expressed his concern towards safety and security of Railway Children coming in contact with the Railways and took decision to set up Short Stay Shelters and Child Help Desks, (CHDs) at six Railway Stations, namely, Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur, Samastipur, Danapur and Ahmedabad on pilot basis. It aimed to ensure the implementation of Standard Operating Procedure, (SOP) for Railways to ensure Care and Protection of Children in contact with Railways’ in accordance with the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and the related rules in the best interest of the child.
In this regard, Northeast Frontier Railway Women Welfare Central Organization, (NF-RWWCO) has signed an agreement with Prayas JAC Society national level, non-profit child centric organization on 17th September, 2018 to set up Open Shelters and Child Help Desk, (CHDs) to ensure proper care and protection.. The Short Stay Shelters and CHDs will function on 24 hour basis to provide immediate relief coupled with the basic services, namely, nutrition, shelter, clothing, & medical services and also to bring under the protective mechanism of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015 and directions of Hon’ble High Court
This Shelter make optimum efforts in reuniting the child with their families by working closely with CHILD-HELPLINE 1098, emergency helpline number for distressed children and also with the stakeholders, such as, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
We further sharing with you that to strengthen the protective mechanisms of railway children in Guwahati Railway Station, an agreement has been signed between the Secretary Northeast Frontier Railway Women Welfare Organization and implementing partner, Prayas JAC Society. (Copy Enclosed). The Prayas JAC Society is now running the Open Shelter on 24/7 hour basis to provide holistic services to the children being separated from their families.